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Old 1st Jul 2010, 20:50
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Hi, this is my first post. Looking for someone who knows where to purchase plans for the sidewinder, thanks
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Old 2nd Jul 2010, 04:08
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As far as I know Karl & Carol Paubel still owns the rights and have plans for sale.

Info here: Homebuilt Homepage - Kits & Plans - EU-Wish

If you have no luck let me know and I'll forward a personal email for them.


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Old 1st Jul 2012, 06:56
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This is my first post as well, I bought an unfinished Sidewinder and I'm looking for a replacement construction manual and a full set of plans, as I don't trust that I have all the papers I should have.
I've E-mailed EU-Wish a couple of times and have had no reply. Does anyone have a better contact or is someone who has the full set of paper work and literature willing to part with it?
I really would like to get started working on the Sidewinder, it's my first kit and I'm excited to take it around my local practice area.

So I really need links and I'd appreciate any tips and tricks for building, maintaining and flying it.

Thanks for any help and I'll keep the forum updated with any news I have.

Thanks again.
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Old 15th Dec 2021, 01:50
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Hi I am thinking about buying sidewinder soon what can you tell me to look for
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Old 15th Dec 2021, 19:09
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Welcome to this forum! If you haven't yet, take a look around at (the forum of) homebuiltairplanes.com - it is much more a US environment, and quite alive.

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Old 16th Dec 2021, 04:22
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Bottom line is any airplane where 1/3 of the completed aircraft have had fatal accidents should set off alarm bells. IMO the airplane just doesn’t look right. Not enough tail and weird proportions. Any of the RV’s will perform as well without the issues the SS has. The T18 are also nice but rather cramped, although definitely significantly less money than RV’s
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Old 16th Dec 2021, 12:49
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BPF, reviewed 13 accident reports the aircraft has had and not one of them could be attributed to aircraft design, they were the usual running out of fuel, prop fell off one due inadequate maintenance, taking off with the fuel turned off, pulling excessive "g", beats ups gone wrong, losing control during low level aerobatics resulting in stall/spin, landing short, pilot not a qualified pilot. All things that could have been any aircraft, even RV's have suffered the same sort of travails.
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Old 17th Dec 2021, 19:10
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Hi Megan

Totally agree, lovely aircraft, treat it with respect and it’s a pussycat, BPF, sorry but I totally disagree with your comments, looks good flies well, I now fly a Thorp T18 and that is much more of a handful, keep up with her and she is fine fall behind and she will bite, although if you listen she will tell you before hand. Not for everybody just like Pitt’s etc.

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Old 17th Dec 2021, 21:15
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I don't know if you are aware, but there is a Smythe Sidewinder facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2040776509474383
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